Lori Gardner, Senior Director
Membership and Public Relations
301.984.9496 ext. 226
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
May 24, 2021
Rockville, MD — The Association of Community Cancer Centers (ACCC) announced today the release of Trending Now in Cancer Care 2020, an annual report that identifies current and emerging trends in cancer programs across the country. The detailed report presents findings from focus groups that illuminate the short- and long-term impact of COVID-19 on cancer care programs and professionals.
Since 2009, ACCC has fielded an annual Trending Now in Cancer Care survey. This year, due to demands on the healthcare team during the pandemic, ACCC chose instead to conduct focus groups to better capture the lived experiences of the most urgent issues impacting oncology practice and care delivery. Topics discussed included staffing and operational integrity, service line delivery and revenue optimization, telehealth and supportive technology, clinical research, and health equity. Participants were candid in how the global pandemic tested operational, professional, and personal resilience and transformed clinical and personal communication.
“This report is critically important and unlike any other, in that we are able to identify the impact of the pandemic on cancer programs and their staff, and tailor our resources to incorporate the lessons learned over the past year,” said Krista Nelson, MSW, LCSW, OSW-C, FAOSW, ACCC President and Program Manager of Quality and Research, Cancer Support Services & Compassion for the Providence Cancer Institute in Portland, Oregon. “Feedback from members reaffirmed ACCC’s commitment to focus on education and resources to promote equity, diversity, and inclusion within oncology, and build a culture of resilience for cancer care staff.”
Major findings of Trending Now in Cancer Care 2020:
The report—and related resources—can be viewed online at the ACCC website and in the latest Oncology Issues journal. Visit the website for a related podcast on the impact of COVID-19 on revenue optimization.